Meentycat and Culliagh
Through our Meentycat Wind Farm and the adjoining Culliagh Wind Farm in Co. Donegal we make over €100,000 per year available for local projects through our Community Fund programme and our annual Sponsored Walk, which takes place at the wind farm every September.
So far since 2007 we have invested over €1.1 million in local projects in the vicinity of the wind farm promoting energy efficiency and social sustainability.
2019 saw the biggest-ever Sponsored Walk at Meentycat Wind Farm, with walkers raising an incredible €80,000 for their own causes. As part of our funding commitment in 2019, we presented €52,249 to local groups, topping-up the €80,000 raised by community members.
Through the wind farm’s Community Fund we awarded a further €53,000 to 11 local organisations who are putting the funding towards energy efficiency improvement measures. Letterkenny Rugby Club and St. Ninians’s Convoy Parish Church are improving the insulation of their buildings, while Raphoe Congregational Church, Illistrin Football Club and Sean MacCumhaill CLG are upgrading the lighting for their premises. Twin Towns Boxing Club are upgrading their electric showers in the club. Gairmscoil Chu Uladh are upgrading their heating system for the school. CLG Ghleann Fhinne are undertaking roof repairs and insulation for the clubhouse. Cappry Rovers are improving their astro turf facilities at the club. Elsewhere the Green Residents Group and Green Residents Admiran Group received funding towards landscaping in their area.
The Community Fund is operated by sister company SSE Airtricity on behalf of SSE Renewables.
Meentycat Wind Farm and the adjoining Culliagh Wind Farm generate over 100MW of clean, green energy combined to power around 65,000 homes.